sweetcorn pasta salad

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It’s not often Miss G. becomes fanatical about her food but of late our little miss has become utterly obsessed with sweet corn.

Each and every time I make my way into the kitchen and stand at the bench I hear the chants of a toddler demanding ‘corn, corn, corn’ pacing incessantly behind me.

So not to disappoint (or more importantly to avoid the dreaded terrible toddler terror tantrum) I’ve managed to work the bright yellow kernels of sunshine sweetness into most meals of late and this sweetcorn pasta salad is our favourite corn incarnation by far.

Not only is this gorgeously zesty salad chock full of nutritious goodness but it couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  It can be on the table and ready to devour in the time it takes to boil a little pasta and stored in an air tight container nestled in the fridge this salad is just as wonderful the next day.

Although Miss G. concentrates most of her eating efforts on the corn and pasta, she also manages to gobble up a good amount of fresh tomato, cucumber and mint as well, making for a very happy mummy.

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spinach & ricotta fritters

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What I love most about sharing my baby led weaning recipes on my lovely little lunch box is meeting and talking to you beautiful mama’s!

I love receiving your emails and comments and adore hearing all about your baby led weaning wins.

Lately, a lot of mama’s about to embark on the baby led weaning journey have been asking me the same question, ‘I am really confused about what foods to begin baby led weaning with, do you have any recommendations?’.

My answer each and every time: vegetable fritters.

When we first began baby led weaning with Miss G. vegetable fritters were our go to meal!

No only are they super simple to prepare and jam packed with a tonne of wonderful vegetables but they’re the perfect shape and texture for teeny tiny little hands to hold and nibble on with ease.  When beginning baby led weaning always keep in mind food offered to your little one should be chip shaped (i.e. long and rectangle) and have a texture that is able to be squished between your finger and thumb.

So far I have conjured up batches of sweet corn fritters, zucchini fritters, pea fritters, sweet potato fritters and carrot fritters and Miss G. has adored them all.

And although we may be nine months into our baby led weaning journey, Miss G’s. still adores her vege packed fritters so today I cooked us up a batch of gorgeously golden spinach and ricotta fritters.  Unbelievably simple to prepare, these delicious fritters are chock full of spinach and flavoured with lemon zest and a little parmesan cheese.

spinach & ricotta fritters

Miss G. couldn’t wait to tuck in and quickly gobbled up two spinach flecked fritters along with a simple salad of tomato and zucchini ribbons.

To read more of my tips on getting started with baby led weaning click here.

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turkey, cranberry & sage sausage rolls

turkey cranberry & sage sausage rolls

turkey cranberry & sage sausage rolls

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of bringing a little christmas cheer into our home.

We listened to carols.

Put up our tree.

Strung beautiful, twinkling, white christmas lights.

And adorned the place with a collection of our favourite christmas decorations and ornaments.

Miss G. loved it.

Its was so special to watch her excitedly string decorations around the christmas tree for the very first time.

She did, however, manage to smash a few.

Nothing too important.

Just the ‘baby’s first christmas 2012′ bauble.

***insert sarcasm here***

Grrrrr!

My eye is still twitching.

Anywho, amongst the shards of broken christmas decorations, I made the executive decision to perch the tree, far out of reach of small clumsy hands, on top of the dining room table until Christmas day.

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I love spending December revelling in all things festive, especially the food and I love to cook, bake, make, roll, baste, boil and caramelise my way through the silly season so with Grace tucked up into bed, I poured a glass of wine, pulled out my notepad and started planning my christmas cooking.

This year though I am putting a baby led weaning spin on all of my beloved christmas recipes and I’m so excited to share with you a collection of classic christmas recipes that are suitable for the entire family.

I have tweaked and reworked all of the recipes to not only be a joy to prepare, but simple to make, absolutely finger licking delicious and most importantly perfect baby led weaning meals, snacks and festive goodies!

First recipe off the rank are these gorgeous turkey, cranberry and sage sausage rolls.

Moist turkey mince spiked with cranberry, sage, spring onions, dijon mustard and garlic surrounded in a layer of gorgeously puffed golden pastry, these little babies are scrumptious.

I made a few shortcuts to the original recipe (like replacing onions with spring onions, thus eliminating the need to fry) so that they can be whipped up and in the oven in less than 10 minutes.

Once cooled, these little puffed golden parcels of turkey deliciousness make the perfect festive baby led weaning party snack.  They are the perfect shape for little hands to grip easily and the soft texture makes them easy to devour.  Miss G. enjoyed hers today, alongside a little fruit for lunch.

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sweet potato tuna patties

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With Miss G. still insisting on eating each and every meal at her table and chairs my search for simple, easy to eat and most importantly not so messy food continues.Miss G.

My hunt this morning led me to these gorgeous sweet potato and tuna patties spiked with lemon, mint and spring onions.

Not only are these gorgeously golden crispy patties fuss free and easy to eat but they are delicious!

The addition of sweet potato is genius, it not only adds a beautiful sweet earthy flavour to the patties but creates a soft tender scrumptious texture that the little ones love and appreciate.

Grace stood by my side kicking her feet with excitement whilst the little patties were frying away and couldn’t hardly wait until they cooled down enough before she dove in.

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greek salad, tzatziki & toasted flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

Summer seems to have arrived early.

Our afternoon summer storms are already here along with the heat and sticky humidity.

Instinctively we’re craving salads.

Fresh, simple, cooling and refreshing salads.

Ones that can be put together effortlessly, are light and nourish us just enough until the next meal time.

Miss G. loves them.

Wearing just a nappy and singlet she sits happily in her high chair nibbling away on cool pieces of cucumber, juicy tomato wedges and refreshing salad leaves.

Summer bliss.

For lunch today I whipped up this super simple greek salad.

Just a mix of mint, rocket, cucumber, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives and feta.  All dressed in a gorgeously zesty red wine vinaigrette and served alongside homemade tzatziki and toasted flatbread.

For such a light lunch this salad is truly satisfying.

Miss G. and I sat on the balcony, feeling the breeze carry with it a little cool respite and enjoyed our salad for lunch.

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zucchini & ricotta pizza’s

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Miss G. is still unwell.

So we’re spending another day tucked up at home, resting, napping, cuddling and hopefully getting better.

And in an attempt to get Miss G. eating I put together these zucchini & ricotta pizza’s.

They couldn’t be simpler.

Just take a few wholemeal pita breads, smother with a little creamy ricotta spiked with parmesan, lemon and fresh basil, top with ribbons of zucchini, bocconcini and a little extra parmesan.  A couple of minutes spent under a screaming hot grill the pizza’s are ready when the cheese is gorgeously molten and golden.

Snoozing at the moment I am hoping Miss G. will  wake soon and eat a little pizza for lunch.

Fingers crossed.

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